Few things are more important to your business than the people you surround yourself with.
Take a bucket of hot coals, and put them together in a fireplace. They’ll burn for hours. Take one of those hot coals out of the fire – change its surroundings – and it will quickly extinguish.
You can’t maintain your inner fire alone. You must surround yourself with the right people.
Are Your ‘Friends’ Holding You Back?
When it comes to starting a business, helpful advice from so-called friends can be your worst enemy. Is this happening to you?
- Do the people you spend the most time with want your business to succeed as much as you do?
- Do they have big visions for their own lives and businesses?
- Do they gently push you to be everything you can be? Or does their ‘helpful’ advice hold you back?
It might sound mean, but if the people around you aren’t invested in your success, you need to look for new friends. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself trapped by their beliefs about what’s possible for you.
I’m not saying you should completely cut yourself off from your old friendships. You just don’t have to buy into what they say – even if they have the best intentions for you. Use their skepticism and doubt as a reason to succeed.
The go find your fab five…
This is Who You Should Spend Your Most time With
Here’s an exercise for you. Make a list of the five people you spend the most time with (not including family). Not sure who to choose? Then check out the last five numbers you dialed on your cell phone.
Here’s what’s weird: If you add up the income of those five people, then divide it by five, you’ll end up with a figure that’s eerily close to what you earn.
You’ve probably also got a similar approach to health, relationships and business as these five people.
You really are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
It’s time to find your “fab five”. Start spending time with people who support your business dreams and who encourage you to succeed. Have a fab five that pulls you up higher, rather than drags you down.
If your goal is to build a million dollar business, you need to start hanging out with people who have already achieved that goal. Likewise if you want to build a billion dollar business. And remember, even if you can’t hang out with billionaires face-to-face, many of them have written a biography, so you can get to know them that way.
As well as keeping track of who you spend the most time with, it’s a good idea to find yourself three business mentors you can turn to for expert guidance. You might not spend so much time with your mentors as you do with your friends, but they’ll be there when you need them. In turn, you can offer your wisdom to others by being a mentor.
Choose your friends wisely. They’re the key to your success.